The International Space Station Expedition 55 is finally underway when three crew members reached the spacecraft and were greeted by their colleagues. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold, along with cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, successfully boarded the space station after a two-day voyage from Earth. The crew started from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and traveled in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which became the standard means of transport for ISS travelers.
The new members who will spend more than five months aboard the spacecraft will be joined by NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and Norishige Kanai of Japan's JAXA space agency as a full six-man team for Expedition 55.
The long journey between the Earth and the International Space Station has less to do with distance and more to do with the careful maneuvering that the crew capsule needs to dock successfully with the orbiting lab.
Now that their journey is over, the scientists can get to work, and there's plenty to do about that. According to NASA, the crew has about 250 experiments and investigations during their stay aboard the ISS. They will be involved in "biology, geosciences, human research, physical sciences, and technology development," NASA says.
"Highlights of the upcoming research are: a new facility for testing materials, coatings, and components of other large-scale experiments rough environment of space, "explains NASA." A study on the effects of weightlessness on bone marrow and blood cells in the bone marrow; and a newly developed passive nutrient delivery system for the Veggie Plant Growth Facility. "
Much of the work done on the International Space Station is forward-looking, and new discoveries can and will be used for future space missions proposed voyages to Mars." More specifically, exploring the effects of long-term spacecraft will be a big one Influencing how NASA and other space agencies around the world are planning manned missions on other planets.
Recently, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and his twin brother, Mark, were the subject of the "twins experiment" to find out As space explored the genes of individuals on long journeys, Space showed that, despite some ambiguity, NASA has shown that the expression of Scott's genes has actually undergone a long-lasting change that could be an important area of research.